Pro-Trump CNN commentator Paris Dennard made national headlines late last week after he was berated by CNN FBI analyst Phil Mudd during a segment which caught President Donald Trump’s attention.
Mudd, who used the “n-word” on CNN to prove he’s not racist, berated Dennard on Friday for comments he made about former law enforcement officials using their security clearances to get themselves high-paying gigs when they quit working for the government.
The segment went viral and quickly caught Trump’s attention.
“Just watched former Intelligence Official Phillip Mudd become totally unglued and weird while debating wonderful Paris Dennard over Brennan’s Security Clearance,” Trump tweeted. “Dennard destroyed him but Mudd is in no mental condition to have such a Clearance. Should be REVOKED?”
Following Trump’s tweet, The Washington Post conducted an investigation into Dennard and reported the following:
A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Trump this week as “wonderful” and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump’s presidency was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official.
The Post’s report goes on to mention that “Dennard did not dispute those claims but said he committed the acts jokingly.”
Shortly after the report was published, CNN suspended Dennard.
“We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard,” CNN said in a statement. “We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”
Dennard responded to the allegations by telling The Post: “This is sadly another politically motivated attempt to besmirch my character, and shame me into silence for my support of President Trump and the GOP.”